Sun Ra Arkestra at Summerhall

Sun Ra and I share a birthday. We celebrated my 21st together at The Pausa Art House in Buffalo’s Allentown – or at least some local Ramen and women and one original disciple (I believe it may have been Marshall Allen) celebrated Sunny’s birthday while I sat with friends and family, contemplating a globular glass ofContinue reading “Sun Ra Arkestra at Summerhall”

Dr. Dre’s Compton reviewed

I got an early look at Dr. Dre’s Compton: A Soundtrack – and I was impressed (click for my review in The Skinny). The album was so good that most of us are probably ready to forget the long-awaited and now supposedly damned Detox – although I’m skeptical of Dre’s claim that Compton will be his final word. Of course, DeeContinue reading “Dr. Dre’s Compton reviewed”

Interview with Theramin Virtuosa Lydia Kavina

Last week I chatted over the phone with a charming and expansive thereminist – the world’s leading theremin player, actually – Lydia Kavina, an incredible performer, a composer, and an advocate for the strange instrument her great uncle Lev Termen created in 1928 – as well as for the ideas behind it. The interview isContinue reading “Interview with Theramin Virtuosa Lydia Kavina”